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[#1061] Create link text technique

From: Michael Cooper <michaelc@watchfire.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 15:36:13 -0400
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To: "WAI GL \(E-mail\)" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

The following is a proposal for HTML techniques. I will implement the proposal in a draft unless there is objection from the group. There will still be room for debate of the proposal in the context of the next draft.

The HTML techniques section on links [1] discusses ways of clarifying link text but does not discuss link text quality itself. The reason is that link text is expected to be covered in the General techniques. However, the HTML techniques need a "hook" to that discussion, to make sure authors do not overlook it. I propose that we create a technique in HTML for link text quality, which says "Links in HTML should follow the guidelines in General techniques for good link text".

The General techniques this points to will need to speak to:

* Requirements for the quality of link text absent conditional content such as that provided by the HTML title attribute
* Duplicate link text in links to different URLs
* Link text out of context (whatever our decision on that whole issue has been)
* Length of link text
* Possibly, length of conditional content for links (i.e., should there be a length limititation on the value of the "title" attribute)

[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/WD-WCAG20-HTML-TECHS-20040903/#links

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